DPS & State of Arizona Sued by Georgianni’s for Shooting Death of Van Operator

April 27, 2010


On April 16, the surviving spouse and beneficiaries of Douglas Georgianni filed suit in Superior Court seeking unspecified damages in the shooting death of Douglas Georgianni. Douglas was shot almost a year earlier by Thomas Destories while working for Redflex in a DPS-marked photo radar van.

The lawsuit alleges that a major contributing factor to be the DPS markings on the side of the Redflex owned and operated talivan. This gives the public the impression that the occupants are peace officers and that the vehicle is owned and operated by a police agency. When a police vehicle is driven by a civilian, it is supposed be clearly marked as such, typically with the words “Not in Service.” If this practice is not followed, it is considered to be a violation of ARS 13-2411, impersonating a peace officer. DPS is alleged to be negligent because they knowingly put civilian contractors in harm’s way by making them impersonate a peace officer as a regular part of their job. While contractors no longer occupy the talivans while parked on the highways (because of the shooting), civilian contractors are still driving and moving the DPS-marked vehicles.

Another major point in the lawsuit is the allegation that DPS knowingly put civilian contractors in harm’s way because they were aware of or should have been aware of attacks on photo radar van operators but did nothing to protect them. PhotoRadarScam.com had reported on several speed van attacks that occured before the shooting, so law enforcement and Redflex should have been fully aware of the propensity for the public to act out against these vehicles, not just locally but world-wide:


Thanks to Janet Napalitano, DPS, and photo radar, the state is now looking at what is likely to be a multi-million dollar judgement at a time when the state can least afford it.


RED LIGHT: ATS Future Uncertain in Florida

August 26, 2009

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James Tuton, ATS CEO (left), busted for lawbreaking thievery in this undated file photo.

…And they would have gotten away with it too, if it wasn’t for those meddling kids laws. Of course, Breaking the law while pretending to enforce it (for profit) is business as usual for American Traffic Solutions.

The headlines say it all. Miami Herald: “Legal challenges mount for Florida’s red-light cameras.” Daytona Beach News-Journal: “Red-light camera lawsuit looms.” Naples News: “[Suit claims] red-light cameras are unconstitutional.”

Jason Weisser, a West Palm Beach-based attorney, is filing a class action lawsuit in each of the 22 Florida municipalities that have recently installed red-light cameras or similar technology, claiming they are unconstitutional.

The officials getting sued seem to agree:

“Yeah, they have a legitimate claim,” County Attorney Jeff Klatzkow said. “I’m not saying they have a winning claim. Ultimately it will be up to a court to determine.”

Weisser says that counties and cities have no business passing laws about red-light running, which he says is the state’s responsibility. Collier County has installed 12 cameras since early April and has issued hundreds of $125 citations.

In Florida, local money-grubbing municipalities ignore state law to install automated ticketing machines— also known as deadly red light cameras— by sending out local “code violation” tickets. The article from Naples News continues:

The state does not allow red-light running cameras on state property, and the cameras used in cities and counties are not allowed to issue traffic citations. Instead, the municipalities that utilize the cameras mail out code violations to the owners of vehicles caught on camera running red lights.

As Shaggy would say:  “Zoinks, it’s the creepy coin collector again!” Except all that coin they’re collecting might have to be refunded as the tide continues to turn against photo radar, red light cameras, and city officials who choose to conspire with private corporations against their constituents.


“One Hundred Million Dollars!”

November 13, 2008

ATS has sued rival scam-cam vendor Redflex Group for $100 Million dollars, saying Redflex acted “illegally by using radar units that lacked required government certification”

Further proving that its for the children all they want to do is take your money, ATS is not only suing for the $100 Mil, they want the profits from the illegitimate tickets:

The ATS lawsuit asked for damages, its own lost profits and for Redflex’ profits from use of non-certified radar. “Damages are substantial and may approach $100 million,” the lawsuit stated.

CameraFRAUD.com’s BFF (best-fraud-forever), Shoba Vashawahwhatever, apparently wasn’t too talkative:

…Redflex spokeswoman Shoba Vaitheeswaran on Thursday declined comment on the lawsuit filed Nov. 5.

Of course, a little bird tells us that the 100 mil figure was no accident: rumor has it that ATS top execs were watching “SWAT” during a board meeting and figured the number sounded good while being screamed out in a pseudo French accent.


Redflex faces lawsuit for unapproved radar devices

September 19, 2008

From the Phoenix Business Journal:

Redflex Traffic Systems Inc. is facing what could become a class action lawsuit for allegedly using radar that was not approved for use in the U.S., a dispute also hanging up its contract with the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

The lawsuit, which also names the town of Paradise Valley as a defendant, was filed at the end of August in Maricopa County Superior Court by James G. Tavernetti of Paradise Valley. He claims that a ticket he received in mid-July came from a mobile van used by Scottsdale-based Redflex allegedly equipped with a British radar system that had not been approved for such use by the Federal Communications Commission.

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Tavernetti’s lawsuit alleges Redflex was negligent and committed fraud by using devices that were not approved in the U.S. The lawsuit does not specify the damages it seeks,

While a speeding ticket from a mobile van can run from $180 up, Moring said many people would not sue to get their money back, which is why the lawsuit seeks class action status.

“That’s no reason to allow a company to do what Redflex has done,” he said.


Lawsuit Filed Against Redflex; Class-Action Status Sought

September 5, 2008

CameraFRAUD.com has learned that a Scottsdale-based law firm has filed suit in Maricopa Superior Court against Redflex Traffic Systems, Inc., and the Town of Paradise Valley, AZ.

The suit, filed by Pak and Moring Plc, claims Redflex committed wrongdoing by not getting federal approval for radar equipment used to cite motorists.  If approved, class-action status could be granted to the suit to include “all persons who received tickets that were generated by a Redflex mobile radar unit operated in violation of relevant law.”

(See the legal brief here in Adobe Reader / .pdf format)

Allegations in the brief also raise the possibility that Redflex may have intentionally concealed the fact that their equipment wasn’t certified, and whether Redflex committed consumer or common-law fraud.

CameraFRAUD.com, while not a party to the lawsuit, has been publicly alledging fraud on the part of Redflex and ATS, and recently organized a sucessful demonstation in Scottsdale. A videographer who contributes to CameraFRAUD.com, as well as FreedomsPhoenix.com, was arrested by the Scottsdale Police department on 8/27/2008 while peacefully documenting the activities of two sign-wielding photo radar demonstators.


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